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At least I do, having had a mysterious bug for the last few days that has knocked me pretty low. So here’s one for all of us.

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Three Sisters Beach, Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “Coming delights, like tropical beaches, send out their native enchantment over the vast spaces that precede them – a perfumed breeze that lulls and drugs you out of all anxiety as to what may yet await you below the horizon.” — Gustave Flaubert

Daily gratitudes:
Being able to work from home when I’m sick
Cool showers
Plans
Baby bunnies
Summer breezes

I know I’ve been gone a while, and I’m sorry. My darling daughter had her 18th birthday on Monday. We held Thanksgiving at the Bungalow four days after we returned from our trip. So it’s been a little crazy. But the Bungalow is as clean as it has ever been (at least in several rooms). I was an Amazon in disposing of a fierce, terrifying mouse, with much assistance from MKL (I have a ridiculous fear of mice, no matter how cute or small). Mr. Man has been super snuggly since I got back. And we missed the -16 weather in Colorado during our days on Little Cayman (and one day on Grand Cayman).

I’m glad we went. We found the people to be the nicest we’ve met in all my trips to the Caribbean – lots of ex-pats and British folk – but neither Grand nor Little Cayman was “our” island. The beaches on Anegada and Great Exuma trump any we saw on either island. If we hadn’t gone, I would have always wondered, and it probably would have been a different experience were we divers, as I hear the diving is amazing. It was still wonderful to have a week to read, relax, pet iguanas, drink rum, and watch sunsets and just be together.

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Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman.

Quote of the day: “Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.” — William Goldman

Daily gratitudes:
Beach colors
Cold milk
Bookstores
Lunch with MKL
Good family

A little beach dreaming on a Sunday morning after a long work week. This is from one of our favorite spots, Great Exuma in the Bahamas. Unfortunately, the place we loved to stay (and in fact, the country) has disposed of it’s wonderful manager and chef and seems to be in decline. I have scoped out a lovely little house on the Tropic of Cancer beach for our next trip, but we’re going to explore a new island first – another that we hope to capture the heart of before it becomes overdeveloped.  In the meantime, back in Colorado, a trip to Mt. Evans is in store for today!

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Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: ““Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. And never regret anything that makes you smile.” — Mark Twain (perhaps?)

Daily gratitudes:
The wedding I worked last night that made me smile
Sunflowers in sunshine
Seeing Kelsea and Joy
Cool breezes
My truck
The new girl at work yesterday who looks just like my friend Tina did 25 years ago – it took me aback every time I saw her

My fun little new camera (taking center stage until I can afford to replace the Big Gun Canon, which I discovered was broken when we got to Monument Valley) can do these swell panorama shots. These were my first efforts, so please pardon the bulges in the sea. I think it’s particularly fitting on the day that has been nothing but black and white in Colorado.

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From our hotel on Great Exuma.

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Elizabeth Beach, Great Exuma.

Quote of the day: “As long as this exists, this sunshine and this cloudless sky, and as long as I can enjoy it, how can I be sad?”  — Anne Frank

Daily gratitudes:
Soft things
Snuggly cats
Stark contrasts of nature
Ice cold water
Low carb pizza

 

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